The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

by

Ann Shaffer

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: Part 2: 24 Aug, 1946 Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
Juliet thanks Susan for her tip about Billee Bee. The telegram came just in time: Kit and Isola were out gathering herbs early in the morning and Juliet was inside with Billee Bee upstairs. Juliet checked Billee Bee's room, but she and the letters were gone. Juliet called Dawsey and he called Booker to warn him. Dawsey and Juliet started to run down the hill when they passed Isola's house and noticed Kit and Isola sitting outside the smokehouse. There was squawking coming from inside.
Juliet's account of how they caught Billee Bee indicates again that the Society members are family and will do what they can to stand up for each other. This is especially apparent as Juliet calls on Dawsey and Booker, as she recognizes that one person alone can't effectively put this right.
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Kit had the envelope of letters and a gift from Billee Bee in her hands—a quilted ferret—and Juliet was thrilled to see that the letters were safe. Dawsey opened the smokehouse door and found Billee Bee inside with Isola's angry parrot. Juliet accused Billee Bee of stealing the letters and threw out some possible headlines that might run when the world discovers she's involved with Gilly.
Juliet's threatened newspaper headlines show that while literature can free people and connect them, writing has a variety of purposes and in this case, can actually trap Billee Bee and make her look untrustworthy and pathetic.
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Booker arrived, wearing a uniform jacket, with Remy carrying a hoe. Booker growled that he wouldn't arrest Billee Bee, but he'd make sure she left the island. Billee Bee took the toy ferret from Kit as she left. Juliet says that Isola and Kit were out so early because after reading Billee Bee's head, Isola was concerned: the "duplicitous bump" was huge. Isola and Kit decided to keep watch, and that's how they caught Billee Bee. Juliet asks what Billee Bee and Gilly were going to do with the letters.
Remy's arrival shows that she's also becoming part of the Society family. The reasons for Isola's suspicion suggest that even if phrenology itself is nonsense, books like that have their place—Isola has it to thank for keeping her Granny Phee letters.
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